The latest addition to the Swiss International Air Lines fleet touched down at Zurich Airport on January 29, following a non-stop delivery flight of 4,545 nautical miles from Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center at Paine Field in Everett, Washington.

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Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa Group have signed a partnership agreement that will see the two airline groups operating routes between Singapore and Europe on a joint-venture basis, in addition to expanding codeshare ties significantly and deepening commercial cooperation.

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Swiss International Air Lines will begin operating a second daily Zurich-Chicago O’Hare round-trip at the end of May and will introduce a six-times-weekly second service between Zurich and San Francisco from July 5.

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With the transfer of the Düsseldorf–Zurich route this week, Lufthansa Group has completed transferring all of Lufthansa’s short-haul, non-hub routes within Germany and Europe from the mainline Lufthansa operation to Germanwings, the group’s lower-cost subsidiary.

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Delta Air Lines will launch daily, year-round service from New York JFK to Zurich Airport and is planning to increase its service frequency from JFK to Rome. Delta and its joint venture partners Air France-KLM and Alitalia are also expanding service to Paris and Amsterdam from Atlanta.

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The first retrofitted American Airlines Boeing 767-300ER will operate its inaugural commercial service between New York JFK and Zurich Airport on April 1.

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Switzerland-based regional carrier Etihad Regional was launched in Zurich on January 16. Established in partnership with UAE national carrier Etihad Airways, the new carrier will be operated by Switzerland’s Darwin Airline.

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Flights to Anchorage will begin on May 15 with non-stop seasonal service from Iceland twice a week through mid-September 2013. In 2013 Icelandair will also operate four round-trips a week to Zurich and two round-trips a week to St. Petersburg, on a summer-season basis.

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To maximize passenger comfort, choice and productivity, Swiss International Air Lines has created a Business Class cabin configuration in which alternate seat rows have a 1-2-1 configuration and a 2-2-1 configuration. This means, importantly, that there are only five seats in the cabin which don’t have direct access to an aisle.

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Until recently, West Zurich only had one hotel of note, the Novotel. But the development of the district into a commercial hub has prompted construction of several other large hotels. These include the business-oriented Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel, which opened in August 2011.

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American Airlines customers departing from New York John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) and San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU), as well as six international airports, will now be able to receive their boarding passes electronically on their mobile phones.

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From March 28, Singapore Airlines’ customers travelling between Singapore and Zurich will get to fly on the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, when the airline launches services with the superjumbo to the Swiss city.

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Swiss International Air Lines is launching six-times-weekly service between San Francisco and Zurich on June 2, 2010.

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Researchers in the United Kingdom are developing a new computerized approach to airport operations that aims to reduce delays, speed up baggage handling and decrease pollution.

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